A vigorous climber or trailing plant endemic to Western Australia with large green leaves and black and yellow flowers in spring and summer. It can get to be 20 feet and spread over an area of 12 feet
The goth flowers are often described as parrot’s beaks and are born in clusters and each blossom is about 1 1/2″ long. Those cluster were rather small this year, but this was its first year in the ground and flowering.
Pronunciation: ken-NEE-dee-uh ny-grih-kans
Species Meaning: Black
Kennedia nigricans is native to Western Australia.
Prefers well-drained soils with a mulched root system in full sun or partial shade. Foliage damaged by moderate frost but foliage will return in spring. Pruning extends the life of the plant.
Initially, it appeared that the winter of 2022 had killed the plant as the temps dropped to around 22F. However, in September, I noticed something shooting quite some ways away from where it had been planted, and I am pretty sure that the Kennedia is sprouting from its root system. This would imply that it is also possibly to propagate it from root cuttings.
Propagates from seed easily.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P19075
Found in Portal,
Climbing from the left side of the portal when looking towards the road.
We acquired this plant from Ole Lantana Seeds.